Round 10:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday evening, ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski dropped his first Woj Bomb of the brand new season. It was a dud upon affect. His obscure tweet referencing Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s impending suspension — for an unnamed code of conduct violation — was a cacophony of noise from a reporter who was half-awake and over keen to interrupt one thing, something. He even adopted up with a tweet explaining exactly who Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is. Minutes later, he appeared on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt to stretch his breaking non-news right into a section.
Woj even slapped his face on that sucker like some Insta-model watermarking her pictures to forestall catfish accounts from sprouting up utilizing her photos. It was gauche and beneath a Scoopmaster of Woj’s status. A couple of hours later, Woj added that Udoka’s job was not in jeopardy, which seemed that Udoka’s suspension could be a minor velocity bump within the Celtics season. Then, just a little earlier than 1 a.m, Charania swooped in from the rafters with a tweet that cleaned up after Woj’s desperation heave.
And with that, the 2023 Scoopmaster MVP race was off to a quick begin. In a span of minutes, the dialog round Udoka shifted from how quick his suspension could be as to whether or not he’d be canned for an H.R. violation. Woj and Shams have kicked off the NBA season, for higher and for worse.
It’s hard to fathom how clumsily this is going to be discussed in barbershops and Twitter all weekend.
For Woj and Shams, this is the beginning of their season-long race to be first. If free agency was their NBA Finals, Udoka is their opening salvo of the 2022-23 season. Unfortunately, Woj shot out of the gates as if the game had passed him by. Meanwhile, Shams’ earth-shattering tweet destabilized the NBA and shook up the scoop king leaderboard. The irony of his late night tweet is that Shams may not have been aware of an incident involving Udoka if Woj hadn’t tipped him off.
Charania, 28, once told the New York Post in a profile that he spends approximately 17-18 hours per day staring at his screen. What’s life like for Woj? At 53, he’s relentlessly chasing news at a time of night when he should be spending time with his wife and kids before the season is in full-swing.This is a young man’s game.
Shams is hitting his prime. Woj’s slow start is the continuance of a trend that began at the trade deadline when he got worked by Charania on trade after trade.
To Woj’s credit, he beat Shams to the Donovan Mitchell trade, but we’re already seeing him lose his lateral quickness when pivoting from spilling trades to breaking news of consequence. At this point in his career, Woj might need to embrace load management on First Take, cryptically Windhorsting and alluding to breaking news he doesn’t quite have the details on.
The last big Celtics news Woj broke was breaking the news about Robert Williams’ arthroscopic knee surgical procedure two days in the past. Woj doesn’t must spend his reporting prime chasing nothingburgers in an try to remain at his apex. He wants to choose his spots.
Info brokering is already an empty enterprise, however his tweets of late have been extra vacuous than normal. Within the final week, Woj Bombs have been flash grenades. He reported that the union and NBA had agreed on reducing the draft eligibility rule to 18 within the subsequent collective bargaining settlement.
This can be the season Woj morphs into late profession famous person mode, tossing up bricks and simply cruising off his bloated contract and legacy. There’s nonetheless time left within the season for Woj to choose himself off the mat, however Wednesday was an unpleasant debut.